Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips

The following is a guest post.  No compensation was received. 

More than 150 chemicals found in your home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders. The majority of these chemicals are used in routine bathroom cleaning. There are many DIY “recipes” that combine household ingredients to create a natural cleaning solution, and eliminate harsh chemicals. For example, you can combine baking soda and vinegar to create a tile cleaner. The following slideshow displays different recipes and methods for cleaning your bathroom without using harmful chemicals. Try these solutions to help clean your house safely.

How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally by Modern Bathroom, a company that offers sinks, faucets, and wall-mounted vanities.

 

How to Find Safer Cleaning Products for Your Home

The following is a guest post from Hannah at Wild Mint.  No compensation was received. 

Hello, The Practically Green Mom readers! My name is Hannah Helsabeck and I reached out to Allie recently after finding her blog and falling in love with her “green(ish)” attitude and advice. I couldn’t agree more with her motto of doing the best you can and trying new things when it comes to green living, which really aligns with the inspiration behind my company Wild Mint. I’m obsessed with researching all the ways to live a more toxin-free life and sharing what I learn with others. On Wildmintshop.com, I provide all the information and products that I use to do just that.

Today, Allie was gracious enough to let me share my knowledge about green and natural cleaning products, a big topic for anyone else who is a clean-freak like me! Harmful, chemical-based cleaning products have been the norm for so long that even the most dedicated toxin-free individual can have trouble finding the best types of solutions to use at home. The unfortunate practice of companies “greenwashing” products only adds to this confusion. If you haven’t heard this term before, greenwashing refers to companies claiming to be environmentally friendly by marketing products with misleading information.  These companies can mislead consumers by falsifying claims, using vague terms, and exaggerating green practices, just to name a few.

My team and I at Wild Mint strongly believe in the importance of transparency, awareness, and education so you can make your own informed decisions.  Alongside awareness, we suggest the following tips when looking for safer cleaning products:

  • Be a Label Checker – A good line of defense is to buy products from brands that list all of their ingredients on their label and are transparent both on their website and in their product offerings. A product should clearly state what is and is not used in its production in a way that is easily understood. You should also look out for and avoid products with the following terms listed on the label or packaging:
    • Fatal if inhaled
    • Fatal if swallowed
    • Watch out for terms like “poison,” “danger,” or “fatal”
    • Vague terms like surfactant or solvent
    • Skip phosphate additives
  • Be a Certification Critic – Some companies go above and beyond to certify their products and make their brand even more reputable, with certifications such as USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Cruelty Free (PETA), Energy Star, Green Seal Certified, and so on. Take a look at the certification on a label, and do a quick search on your phone or at home to see if the certification is valid.
  • Vague Terms – A prevalent greenwashing tactic to look out for is “vagueness”. Some common phrases to look out for include Eco Friendly, Environmentally Friendly, Earth Friendly, Environment Safe, Harnessing Nature, and Eco Chemistry. Remember, transparency is key; a company should be able to prove their products are indeed safe.

So what brands can you trust? Well, some of my favorites include Better Life, Dr. Bronners, and Eco-Me, which you can find here.  I use this all purpose cleaner and this multi-area scrubber cleanser by Better Life regularly.  I love that the Better Life products never leave a toxic smell after cleaning (like some chemical cleaners do!), are plant-based, and made without the use of harmful chemicals, making them safe for people, pets, the surfaces in your home, and the environment.

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You can also try your hand at making natural cleaning solutions yourself! Try Allie’s homemade air freshener made with essential oils or a combination of vinegar-based solutions.

Thank you to Allie for letting me guest post today and feel free to send me any of your questions about toxin-free living at hello@wildmintshop.com!

~ Hannah Helsabeck

President, Wild Mint Shop

Hannah Helsabeck is President and Co-Founder of Wild Mint, an online shop dedicated to helping families find toxin-free and eco-friendly products for healthier lifestyles.  She is passionate about educating others on the benefits of healthy living and the importance of taking small steps towards eliminating exposure to toxins in people’s daily lives.  She also enjoys finding new ways to be eco-conscious and is often found in the kitchen cooking up simple meals with real, whole foods. Hannah is the oldest of six kids, has amazing parents as role models in business as well as life, and currently lives in South Florida with her incredibly supportive husband.

Botanical Splash – Body Moisturizer and Revitalizer {2nd Annual Thankful for Our Followers Giveaway Hop} #Thankful4Followers

Welcome to the [2nd Annual] Thankful for our Followers Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

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YOU are the reason that bloggers like us host giveaways so we’ve decided it’s time for all of us bloggers to show even more of our appreciation to you… our readers and blog followers. Normally we offer giveaways with entries to help boost our blog and following numbers, but this Hop is all about making it easier on YOU.

Each blogger in this Hop is offering a wonderful prize, worth at least $25 and ALL giveaways have only ONE way to enter!
Hop around to them all as we show you how we’re Thankful for YOU!

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Special thanks to Trusted Health Products for providing the giveaway prizes for this event! Three winners will each receive one bottle of Botanical Splash Body Moisturizer! (Be sure to check out my previous review of Botanical Splash.) Each prize is valued at $25.

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Fine-ish print: Three winners will each receive one bottle of Botanical Splash Body Moisturizer. Giveaway runs from November 3rd {12:01 am EST} through November 17th {11:59 pm EST}. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico). No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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Be sure to visit these other amazing bloggers for more GIVEAWAYS!




So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Thankful for Our Followers participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Beautiful – Skin Care for Women {Thankful for our Followers Giveaway Hop} #Thankful4You

Welcome to the Thankful for our Followers Giveaway Hop hosted by So Easy Being Green.

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YOU are the reason that we host giveaways so it’s time to show our appreciation to you… our readers and blog followers. Normally we offer giveaways with entries to help boost our blog, but this Hop is all about making it easier on YOU. Each blogger in this Hop is offering a wonderful prize, worth at least $25 and ALL giveaways have only ONE way to enter! Hop around to them all as we show you how we’re Thankful for YOU!

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Special thanks to Trusted Health Products for providing the giveaway prizes for this event! Three winners will each receive one bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer! (Be sure to check out my previous review of Beautiful.) Each prize is valued at $25.

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Fine-ish print: Three winners will each receive one bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer. Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Thursday, November 21st – 12:01 am EST on Friday, December 6th. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico). No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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Be sure to visit these other amazing bloggers for more GIVEAWAYS!



So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Thankful for our Followers participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Beautiful – Live Skin Care System Review

I’ve always had problem skin. “Combination” skin – I think the experts call it. My forehead, nose, and chin are oily, while my cheeks are dry. It’s been hard to find a cleanser that can balance the two. I’d heard of the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), but I was wary of trying it. Adding more oil to my face just didn’t sound like a good idea…  Then, Trusted Health Products introduced a new skin care line, and they offered to send me a 2-bottle set of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer to try and review.  So, I figured I’d give it a go.  I could always go back to other products if I decided it wasn’t for me, right?

They even personalized it for me!  :)

They even personalized it for me!

Confession: I wish I had tried this sooner!  It’s awesome!

Beautiful – Skin Care for Women is made of 100% pure and natural botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado, olive, evening primrose and apricot, with NO preservatives, parabens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or additives of any kind! This “All-in-One” Skincare solution can replace your other skincare products – makeup remover, moisturizer, cleanser, toner, repair cream, blemish controller, age-defying serum, and more!

I’ve been using the Beautful regimen for 30 days now, and I’m so impressed with how my skin looks!  I even documented a bit of my product testing on my Facebook page.

Here are just a few of the benefits that I’ve noticed:

  • Cleanses pores of dirt and bacteria naturally
  • Pores appear to shrink, giving a smoother look to skin’s complexion
  • Blemishes appear to just fade away
  • Intensely moisturizes your skin more naturally than any cream or lotion — No more dry patches on my cheeks!
  • Helps skin look alive and healthy — I’ve definitely noticed a decrease in redness and irritation!
  • Skin feels clean and conditioned
My nightly facial cleansing method

My nightly facial cleansing method

I’ve never been happier in my skin! And my husband was so impressed with my results, I may have convinced him to try his own set of You’re the Man, the men’s skin care line from Trusted Health Products!

You can be Beautiful, too!  Be sure to check out more information about Trusted Health Products on their Facebook and Natural Health Blog, and stay tuned for a Beautiful GIVEAWAY coming soon!

{SPECIAL OFFER}  The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!

{Trusted Health Products provided me with a 2-bottle set of Beautiful in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Pretty Mommies Giveaway!

Pretty Mommies is the #1 physician recommended maternity skin care line on the market.

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Although it's aimed at those who are pregnant or nursing – it's natural, safe, skin care that's great for ANYONE – men included!.

It's a simple three step system – Cleanser, Skin Brightener, and Sunscreen – it'll cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, brighten, soothe, provide high levels of antioxidants and anti-aging properties, as well as, physical broad spectrum sun protection. If you're curious about how these products work, be sure to check out the review on According to Jenny.

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There are lots of new things happening at Pretty Mommies. If you're a Zulily fan then you might have noticed them pop up there this past week! Not only are they now reaching their target audience online, you might also see Pretty Mommies in your OBGYN's or Midwifes office. And if you're in China – you can now get Pretty Mommies there, too!

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Pretty Mommies feels so deeply about educating women on the importance of safe maternity skin care that they've created a campaign on www.causes.com to raise awareness of this important issue. You'll also soon find them offering up educational resources on http://safematernityskincare.com/ and they support an open forum for Q&A for anyone who has questions about skin care during pregnancy, nursing – or just in general.

To celebrate all these new and exciting events (and their newly redesigned website) Pretty Mommies has partnered with the Blogging Mamas Network to answer your questions about safe skin care and giveaway LOTS of Pretty Mommies products!

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Giveaway is open to US/CAN, 18+, and ends on 8/25/13

**Ready to purchase Pretty Mommies for yourself?? Use code pretty20 at checkout for 20% off through 8/31/13!**

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The Blogging Mamas Network and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Participating bloggers did not receive compensation for this post, although they may be eligible for a reward upon completion.

It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator – 72 hour update and GIVEAWAY!!

I did a review on the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator a few days ago. The product information said to “Be sure to check the area where you applied the Applicator every day following to track your results. The formula continues to work over the next 72 hours, giving you progressive results.”

So, here is my update – I haven’t noticed much of a change in inches since Thursday, but the stretch marks are still faded. I think if I had used the Defining Gel during this time, I would have seen more of an improvement. But I definitely want to try the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicators on other areas to test the results there!

Are you interested in trying the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicators for yourself? Now you have a chance to WIN a box of four! They’re FREE – what have you got to lose (besides inches, of course!)

image courtesy of It Works!

image courtesy of It Works!

Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Monday, July 1 – 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, July 15. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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{A distributor for It Works! provided me with one Ultimate Body Applicator (wrap) in exchange for a review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. The Practically Green Mom is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Review

I was talking (ok, complaining) to a friend of mine about my struggle to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight that will JUST NOT GO AWAY, and she started telling me all about It Works!, a line of naturally based body contouring wraps and supplements. She sent me one of the Ultimate Body Applicators to tone up my midsection. I was intrigued, but skeptical. It is summer though, and since I’ll be spending at least some of it in a swimsuit, I decided to give it a try!

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The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap made with natural ingredients that tightens, tones, & firms where ever it is applied to the skin. It can also minimize the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture & tightness. Mess-free and simple to use, the Ultimate Body Applicator provides results in as little as 45 minutes, and continues to give progressive results over 72 hours. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

When I took the wrap out of the package, I was hit with a very familiar smell. VapoRub!! (You know, the stuff you put on your chest when you’re congested?!) At first, it was kind of hard to tell which side of the cloth went against my skin, but I figured it out once I got it completely unfolded. Then, I put the applicator over tummy pooch. (It doesn’t stay against your skin perfectly, so definitely wrap yourself in saran wrap or put a tight-fitted shirt over it.)

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It was cool and a bit tingly on my skin, but not at all uncomfortable. 45 mins later, I removed it, and noticed a difference right away! My stretch marks are almost gone, AND I lost about an inch on my waist!

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The pamphlet that comes with the product says “Be sure to check the area where you applied the Applicator every day following to track your results. The formula continues to work over the next 72 hours, giving you progressive results.” So, I’ll be sure to do an update on Sunday afternoon!

Obviously, the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator is not meant to take the place of diet and exercise – but if it makes me feel a little more confident wearing a swimsuit in public, I think that’s pretty cool!

{A distributor for It Works! provided me with one Ultimate Body Applicator (wrap) in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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